By George W. Black

(Psa 75:6,7 KJV) “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”



It is desirable that God’s children seek promotion in God’s kingdom for the sake of helping to serve and lead others. Promotion does comes from the Lord, but God’s under-shepherds are always watching for those who will answer the call to greater spiritual responsibility. At Rejoice there are ample opportunities for promotion in the areas of Christian service and ministry for those who will qualify themselves. This is done in a variety of ways.

  1. Church membership – The Lord added daily those who were being saved.
  2. Service attendance – Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.
  3. Financial stewardship – Where your treasure is, there is where your heart is.
  4. Prayer meetings – My House shall be called a house of prayer.
  5. Word level – Study to show yourself approved.
  6. Volunteerism – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.
  7. Faithfulness in delegated responsibilities – It is required of stewards to be faithful.
  8. Gifting and anointing – A persons gift makes room for them.
  9. Love & Loyalty – A covenant keeper.
  10. Sacrifice – Going the second mile.



Follow-ship is a part of Disciple-ship, which is a part of Leader-ship Training. A “ship” is a conveyor, a means and method to reach our goal in Christ.

It has been said that if we are too big too follow, we are too little to lead.

Jesus is our direct authority, but He ordained the first 12 apostles to lead the early church after His departure. These ordinations and assignments continue in each generation, and are the “ships” He uses to accomplish His purpose of building the Church and saving the lost. Eph 4:7-16

Christ is being formed in you as you follow Christ in your leaders. As you are mentored and developed, then your lives can become a pattern for others to follow.

Gal 4:19 NKJV  “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you,”

1 Th 1:5-8 NKJV)  “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. {6} And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, {7} so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.”

1 Cor 4:16 NLT  “So I ask you to follow my example and do as I do.”

1 Cor 11:1 NLT  “And you should follow my example, just as I follow Christ’s.”

Phil 3:17 NKJV  “Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

1 Th 1:6a NKJV  “And you became followers of us and of the Lord…”

Heb 6:12 KJV  “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”



Mentoring is having a spiritual coach. Those desiring greater spiritual development and ministry involvment must understand the need for a mentoring relationship with pastors and leaders. Even if a person has been a Christian for many years, and may have already participated in leadership or ministry in other churches, there is still a need to have the spiritual DNA of the Rejoice Church imparted to an aspiring leader before a person will be capable of helping us further the vision and ministry of this church.

For a young Christian this is usually not a problem because they understand their need of training and discipleship. But for a more mature Christian this is often a humility test. God has not sent a person to this church to teach us, but rather to be taught by us. Until a person can submit to the leadership and vision of this church, and desire to grow in new ways, they will not be properly equipped to help us lead this church in the vision God has given us.

God does not lead His church with a mixed multitude. We have a clear understanding of our calling and purpose. Only after a person has understood and embraced the vision of the house can they begin to know how their gift can best serve the church.

(Gen 14:14 NKJV)  “Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.”

(Num 11:4 NKJV)  “Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat?”

(Mat 6:22 KJV)  “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

The pastors and other leaders offer mentoring constantly in group settings. Bonding and relationship building take place before, during, and after these meetings. Then one-on-one relationships flow from these connection points and grow. The pastors are always available for appointments when needed. But those interested in a mentoring relationship need to come where the pastors are and do what the pastors do if this is something a person desires. This is never forced…it is strictly optional. It is always up to you. This is not a season of you serving us, but rather of us serving you, teaching and imparting. And this happens little by little as a person takes advantage of the opportunities that are available.

For those that have already been leaders, it can be hard to be on the receiving end of things after you have been conditioned your whole life to serve others. But in a new church, this is how it needs to be. It is time for you to humble yourself and let God promote you in due time. Perhaps it is also a time of healing and redirection as well.

(1 Pet 5:6-8 NLT)  “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. {7} Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. {8} Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.”



Many people come to Rejoice that are broken, but don’t know it. We didn’t break them, but as leadership pressure is applied, the brokenness that was already in a persons life may begin to manifest. “Father wounds”, hurts, pains, disappointments, abandonment, authority issues, etc. are not unusual in todays fractured society. But our calling as a church is to make disciples, which means we must touch these wounds if they are ever to be healed. When we do, we manifest the pain in that wound, like a dentist or doctor. We can reject the dentist/doctor, or we can submit to the healing process through trust.

Unfortunately many potential leaders leave the process of discipleship because they don’t understand that God directed them to Rejoice so the Master Potter could make a new vessel. (Jer 18:2-6) They want to hang on to the old vessel when God is wanting to remake the vessel with a new design, new DNA, new vision, new way of doing things, etc.

(Personal story of Bojangles the Dachshund.)

When anyone joins Rejoice, it is a time of receiving. And as a person catches the vision God has given our house, it will become your vision and your house too. It’s kind of like the transplant of an organ from one body to another. The new body and new organ take time to grow together until they are compatible. The organ needs the new body to survive, but compatibility takes time. You have left a previous church (or no church)  and are now in a completely different one. This one is never going to change to be what you came from or were used to. But if you believe God has truly sent you here, then you have to accept that God already knows who we are and what we are, and that a new member needs what this church has to offer to be healthy and fully developed for your destiny.

It takes a while for you to pick up the spiritual DNA of a new church, especially a church that does not have the same roots or background. That is why the VIP class is such an important part of the process. The time will come when you will have learned the vision and direction we are going, and can then begin making a contribution that will help us build toward the vision God has already given us. Through faithfulness, humility and service, you will find your place on the TEAM. But in the beginning is a season of learning and growing in new ways. If you have found change to be a stretch for you, here is a suggestion: rather than worrying about how Rejoice can change to match your idea of what church should be, maybe the focus needs to be “Lord, what do you want me to learn and grow in at Rejoice since I know you have called me to be here.”

To enter into a mentoring relationship with a pastor or other leader, here are several helpful points:

  1. The lesser always seeks the greater. Don’t expect a pastor or other leaders to spend much time seeking you out. You must seek them out. If you want what they have, then you must understand the need to make your wishes known by your actions, not just your words. This is more than setting up one or two appointments. It means going where they go, doing what they do, coming early and staying late, putting yourself out to receive from their anointing. Impartation doesn’t come just from Sunday morning preaching. It comes from submitting your life to God’s ordained leader, praying together with your leader, working together with your leader, building relationships with your leader in the context of group activities. You will never have a one on one with someone in leadership until you have been willing to join yourself to their “band of followers.”

(1 Ki 19:19-21 NKJV)  “So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. {20} And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” {21} So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.”

2. Faithfulness. If you want a mentoring relationship with a leader, learn to be consistently faithful. No one will give you much time if you don’t demonstrate a high degree of respect for your leaders time. Faithfulness is to be an attribute of our character and nature if we growing into the image of Jesus Christ.

As in the old Timex watch commercial, faithfulness is the virtue that “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” Faithfulness says of temptation, “other may, but I may not.” It rolls out of bed early on Sunday in plenty of time to finish important assignments. Faithfulness is punctual, never late. Faithfulness doesn’t make excuses for why it cannot, it makes excuses for why it can. Faithfulness is indefatigable. It says “if its to be, its up to me”, and then fearlessly charges ahead to the finish line. Faithfulness is firstly faithful to God, paying its tithes to honor God before taking a thought for itself. Faithfulness doesn’t have to be pursued, begged, coddled, coaxed, or pandered to. It scorns these baser attitudes as the character flaws of the unfaithful. No, faithfulness says “though none go with me, still I will follow.” Let the virtue of faithfulness be developed in your life, and God will see a reflection of Himself in you.

(1 Tim 3:10-11 NKJV)  “But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. {11} Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.”          

(Prov 20:6 NKJV)  “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?”

3. In every area where you may be interested in helping your church grow and develop, please keep one vital principle in mind that we will not violate:

“Those who lead must first lead in prayer.”                            

(2 Chr 7:14 NKJV)  “”if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”



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“When too many worries are blaring in ear-splitting volume, peace is drowned out.” Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, founder of the Center for Counseling and Health

Real life is filled with uncertainty and we are sure to face overwhelming situations at some point in our lives.  The important thing to remember is that no matter how tumultuous our lives may be, God is our peace through every storm! When you have the peace of God in your heart and life, you can weather the storms by His grace.  John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

I lived in a little rural town at one time where it seemed like everybody knew each other. It was much like you’d picture Mayberry. One day I was in the church parking lot and noticed an ambulance coming and realized I knew the person they were stopping for across the street. I quickly went to her and started praying for her even though they’d already placed her on a gurney.  The EMT’s stepped back as I prayed and the peace of God was right there as I called on the Lord.  Little did I know she’d had an anxiety attack and God’s peace was just what she needed!  Amazingly the paramedics allowed me to continue praying because she’d calmed down as I prayed for her.

God knows right where we are and cares about every detail in our lives. He is a very present help in the time of trouble.  He is our peace. We can choose to let God’s perfect peace rule and reign in our hearts and lives.  Jesus gives us His peace!  We can accept the peace of God for ourselves. It’s much like receiving a gift.

If we choose to excessively worry, it can wreak havoc on our health.  Rather than allowing that to happen, trust God and allow His peace to fill your whole being.  Storms will come, Jesus spoke to the raging storm, “Peace be still.”  Speak to the storms in your life. Sometimes they will be still, and other times, God will give you peace through them.

Isaiah 43:1-3 “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;  neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  For I am the Lord thy God.”

“Though worry may try to take over our mind and emotions, we can remember that God’s amazing peace is available to us now, in this moment.”


“It is well with my soul”


Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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“When legitimate concern morphs into toxic panic, we cross a boundary line into the state of fret.  No longer anticipating or preparing, we take up membership in the fraternity of Wo-Be-Me.  Christ warned against this.” Max Lucado

I am a worry wart and am so excited about this devotional that
directly addresses worry! Come with me as we learn how to take down this giant in our lives!  Take courage, “God is in control!” My
confidence is in Christ!

“Worry has a way of slipping into our lives in a variety of ways.
Sometimes worst-case scenarios, but more often than not every day
concerns, consume our thoughts and energy.”

Life is filled with change. We live in uncertain times that tempt us
to worry. Worrying doesn’t solve or fix problems.  It’s actually
counterproductive and can sap the life right out of you. Jesus told
the disciples to,”Fear not!”  He’s telling us to Fear not also!

Catch yourself the next time you begin to worry. Know that God is in
control!  Let His perfect peace rule and reign in your heart. Even if
you begin by taking baby steps of faith trusting God with everything,
you’ll soon find that you are courageous and God is bigger than
anything you’ll ever face.

“God is with you-always.  You can choose to face uncertainty with
faith and begin to walk in greater levels of confidence,contentment,
and joy, peace, security, and calmness.”

Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 6:34, Luke 12:22-26, Revelation 1:17, Mark 5:36

Avalon, “God is in control”

Chris Tomlin, “Fear not”


Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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“Elijah’s story reminds us that wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, God can draw near.”

Elijah was a prophet who spoke boldly for the Lord.  When Queen Jezebel put a bounty on his head, Elijah ran and tried to hide.  He was worried and afraid of this wicked and powerful Queen.  God wouldn’t let Elijah go!  Elijah had a divine visitation!  When he was hiding in a cave, God sent an angel to bring him bread to eat.  Elijah soon found that God wasn’t in the wind, earthquake, or fire; but in a gentle whisper!  He met God at the cave’s entrance and his worries and stress were alleviated! God drew near to Elijah and spoke to him.   His concerns were heard and met! 1 Kings 18, 19

“Even when we are emotionally, spiritually, and physically overwhelmed by stress and worry, God longs to speak to our souls in a gentle whisper and assure us of His presence and purpose for our lives.”

Newly married, I was thrilled to pieces because we were building our first home!  It was exciting to be able to pick out colors, wall paper, flooring, etc.  After a few weeks of watching it come together, I felt like something was wrong and that we weren’t supposed to buy the house.  Wanting a clear answer, my husband and I sought the Lord fervently in prayer and in searching the scriptures.  As soon as I read Micah 2:10, I knew we had our answer.  “Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest:  because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.”

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy and isn’t always fun.  It can be very anguishing and even frustrating in choosing the right thing to do especially when you don’t understand why.  We paid a lot to get out of the contract and soon found ourselves back at square one of still desiring to have a home of our own.  After a few months, we discovered that the whole neighborhood where the house was being built had a bad water system.  The houses dropped in prices drastically because it was not safe to live there.  It’s vital to have a personal relationship with the Lord and to seek Him.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”

“Don’t give up on God because He won’t give up on you!  He’s able!”

*Next week we will begin Book #3 Women of Faith Study Guide Series, “OVERCOMING WORRY.”  Finding Peace in the Midst of Uncertainty by:  Margaret Feinberg


Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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Pastor Tom Schumacher

Ezekiel 37:1-3 NKJV “The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

  1. Although Ezekiel’s vision applied to the children of Israel…we can apply the principle of this vision to us today.

Right information leads to the right destination.

  1. Valleys are not destinations.

Psalms 23:4 NKJV “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Proverbs 4:25-26 NKJV “Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.”

  1. Jesus told His followers to pick up the Cross…crucify the flesh, deny yourselves, govern your soul.

Luke 9:23 NKJV “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

  1. The bones in the valley are dry because they are meant to be connected to the body.
  1. Just as the Prophet was sent to the valley…God will send His voice to the valley of your life.
  1. God has a message for your valley and breath for your bones.
  1. When God speaks (Genesis 1:2), light order, and design come into being.

Ezekiel 37:11 NKJV “Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’”

  1. God’s truth will bring water to the bones, hope where there is no hope, meaning to your design.
  1. God has a message that you may live again. God has put a message in YOU that others may hear and see and live again.




George W. Black

“Then they were eager to let Him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!” John 6:21 NLT

Have you ever heard the expression, “I’m not sure where I’m going, but I’m making good time?” According to this sixth chapter of John the disciples had been rowing their boat in a gale with rough seas for about three or four miles. That’s a long way. And it had taken a long time, for they began their journey at dark.

Another Gospel records this John 6:21 event happening in the fourth watch of the night, which is the last watch before morning. WOW! Talk about a lot of human effort with little result.

Surely there was at least one disciple that said “are we there yet?” The answer was no. The Sea of Galilee is eight miles wide. At about three or four miles, the disciples are still only half way across. Talk about a discouraging moment, they had one.

But Jesus had a plan. He is the Master Teacher, and His classroom is all of nature. He is teaching His disciples one of the most important lessons of their future ministry…human effort alone can never accomplish the will of God.

Notice that when Jesus is welcomed into their boat, immediately they were at the other side. ‪#‎Hmmm‬ ‪#‎Selah‬ ‪#‎ThinkAboutIt‬

What boat are you rowing by yourself without Jesus aboard? Your marriage, career, child-rearing, church-life, private-life, etc.

Had a few storms that slowed your progress?

Time to get a clue.

No matter how smart, talented, educated, or whatever else we may think gives us an advantage, if we are rowing without Jesus in the boat, we will get tired before we arrive at our destination, if ever.

Christianity is not about trying harder, but rather it is surrendering every area of our lives to the Lordship and leadership of the One who already has the blueprint. When you let Him in your boat, it becomes His boat, and things will change.

“Then they were eager to let Him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!”


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“The faithful person lives constantly with God.”  Clement of Alexandria

“Though we are faced with seasons of loss, and pain, God has a plan to not only provide for us but also heal us.  We simply need to turn and trust Him.”

Late one night, I remember my Mom calling my brother, sister, and me to tell us that our Dad had just died.  She was long distance at a hospital. After we hung up the phone, we joined hands and prayed for her and then went to our rooms to go to bed because we had school the next day. As I was going down the hall, I felt overwhelmed by waves of grief and felt devastated that I’d never see my Daddy again.

All at the same time, I felt the Lord comfort me as He spoke to my heart, “I am your Heavenly Father and I will never leave or forsake you.”   We’d all recently come to know the Lord in a very real and powerful way.  I was fourteen at the time.  Through the months and years that followed, I’ve missed my Dad greatly and I look forward to seeing him again in heaven.  I’ve also been comforted by the Holy Spirit and have found great peace in trusting God with my whole life.

“The book of Ruth demonstrates the power of God to transform a life from hopelessness and sorrow to hopefulness and joy.  Naomi chose to put her hope in God and found God working through the unexpected love story of Ruth and Boaz to provide for her.  However, the story doesn’t end there.”

Ruth’s husband and his brother died.  She experienced heartbreak and loss and –needed a new beginning.  She went with her mother-in-law back to her far away homeland in search of food.  She left all that was familiar and accepted the one true God as her own Lord and trusted Him.

Ruth had a heart of obedience and went and gathered wheat at the edges of the fields as Naomi had instructed her to do. It was common for widows and orphans to do so at that time.  She worked very hard and was noticed by many.  Her reputation was that of a loving, loyal, and kind person.  Boaz (a wealthy kinsman to Naomi’s husband) also noticed her and soon Ruth found more food in his fields.  Eventually Boaz married Ruth.    Ruth 1-4, Leviticus 19:9-10

Redemption is something we could never do for ourselves!  Boaz redeemed Ruth by giving her a life and a future.  Jesus gave His own life in order to be our redeemer, the One who saves us from our sins.  He too gives us a life of hope and a future.

Song by Honeytree “Lord, give me the heart of Ruth, full of faithfulness and truth.  Teach me to follow you…”


Cindy Bice

Cindy Black Bice, Aloha Garden Bible Study

“TIMES OF REFRESHING” Garden Bible Study in Hawaii

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